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  • United States to Host World Data System’s International Program Office

    United States to Host World Data System’s International Program Office

    United States to Host World Data System’s International Program Office | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note: January 14, 2021)

    The Department of State is proud to see that the World Data System (WDS), a non-governmental body for norms and standards for scientific data, has selected the Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee (ORI at UT) to host its International Program Office for a five-year term starting in 2021. The Office will promote U.S. leadership in values-based international norms and standards for data and scientific research over the next five years. With the strong support of the Department of State, this selection is a testament to American scientific leadership and innovation, reflecting U.S. universities’ and laboratories’ long-standing tradition of excellence, freedom, openness, and transparency in science and technology. The Department ...
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  • Statement From Acting Secretary Wolf on The Completion of 450 Miles of Border New Wall System

    Statement From Acting Secretary Wolf on The Completion of 450 Miles of Border New Wall System | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release: January 5, 2021)


    Statement From Acting Secretary Wolf on The Completion of 450 Miles of Border New Wall System “President Trump took office with the promise to build the wall and secure our southern border - a promise he has kept. From the start, the President listened to operators on the ground and has pushed for funding for physical infrastructure, access roads, lights, cameras and sensors - a full package to secure our border. Today, we are celebrating the 450th mile of new border wall system built under this Administration. When our critics said it couldn’t be done - we prevailed. When our critics threw up every roadblock - we prevailed. The men and women of DHS, CBP, and USACE deserve the thanks and gratitude of a grateful nation. Their
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  • Christopher J. Waller Sworn In as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    Christopher J. Waller Sworn In as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System | site |


    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: December 18, 2020)

    Christopher J. Waller took the oath of office on Friday as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The oath was administered remotely via videoconference by Chair Jerome H. Powell. Dr. Waller took the oath at his residence in St. Louis in the company of family and friends.





    Chair Powell swears in Christopher J. Waller virtually on December 18, 2020 as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. (Photo courtesy Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)

    On January 16, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Dr....
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Authorizes First Direct-to-Consumer COVID-19 Test System

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First Direct-to-Consumer COVID-19 Test System | site |


    Test system is authorized for at-home sample collection with laboratory test processing


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 9, 2020) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized LabCorp’s Pixel COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit for use by any individual 18 years and older without a prescription. This product, which is authorized as the first COVID-19 direct-to-consumer (non-prescription) test system, allows an individual to self-collect a nasal swab sample at home and then send that sample for testing to LabCorp. Positive or invalid test results are then delivered to the user by phone call from a health care provider. Negative test results are delivered via email or online portal. This home sample collection kit can be purchased online or in ...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles

    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles | site |



    Publishes an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on ADS safety framework


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release: November 19, 2020)

    November 19, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on the potential development of a framework of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems (ADS) in the future. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) was submitted to the Federal Register on November 19 and is available online here. “This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,”
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  • CDC Expands U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with new Social Determinants of Health Module

    CDC Expands U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with new Social Determinants of Health Module | site |


    New tool identifies Diabetes-Related Health Disparities


    (Information contained in CDC press release: November 17, 2020)

    The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded the U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with a new social determinants of health (SDOH) module to help identify under-resourced areas of the United States and assess the potential impact of health disparities on diabetes burden and risk factors.

    The expanded U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System now overlays diabetes data with 15 social vulnerability variables. The SDOH module gives public health professionals and researchers a more complete look at factors potentially impacting people’s ability to successfully manage diabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes around the U.S. Data are available at the national level to compare counties across stat
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  • DHS says the Border Wall System is Deployed, Effective, and Disrupting Criminals and Smugglers

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the Border Wall System is Deployed, Effective, and Disrupting Criminals and Smugglers | site |



    (October 29, 2020) - - On October 29, 2020 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published information that included the following:

    Effective physical infrastructure works to secure our Southwest Border. Since the U.S. Border Patrol began constructing border barriers nearly 30 years ago, these barriers have proved to be a critical component in gaining operational control of the border.

    Deploying the wall system in high priority areas—particularly urban areas where illegal border crossers can quickly vanish into the surrounding community—allows the USBP to decide where border crossings take place, not smugglers, and the USBP can deploy personnel and technology in complement to the border barrier.

    In 2006, the U.S. Senate voted in a bipartisan 80 to 19 majority to pass the Secure
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  • NIH says the Gut trains the Immune System to Protect the Brain

    NIH says the Gut trains the Immune System to Protect the Brain

    National Institutes of Health says the Gut trains the Immune System to Protect the Brain| site |



    Gut-trained immune cells at CNS borders guard against meningitis and other infections.


    (November 5, 2020) - - Today, November 5, 2020, the National Institutes of Health published the following information: The membranes surrounding our brains are in a never-ending battle against deadly infections, as germs constantly try to elude watchful immune cells and sneak past a special protective barrier called the meninges. In a study involving mice and human autopsy tissue, researchers at the National Institutes of Health and Cambridge University have shown that some of these immune cells are trained to fight these infections by first spending time in the gut. “This finding opens a new area of neuroimmunology, showing that gut-educated antibody-producing cells inhabit and defend regions that surround the central nervous system,” said Dorian McGavern, P...
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  • FHA Launches new Automated Underwriting System for Single Family Forward Mortgages

    Federal Housing Administration Launches new Automated Underwriting System for Single Family Forward Mortgages | site |



    New FHA Catalyst functionality offers lenders the option to obtain automated mortgage insurance eligibility indicators directly from FHA


    (October 21, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced the launch of its new automated underwriting system (AUS) for use by lenders originating mortgages for FHA insurance. Built on the FHA Catalyst technology platform, the new FHA Catalyst: Single Family Origination Module –AUS allows lenders to electronically submit loan application data for single family forward mortgages from their loan origination systems directly to the module and receive mortgage insurance eligibility scoring decisions generated from FHA’s TOTAL Mortgage Scorecar
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  • U.S. Administration Adds 1,275 Miles to the National Trail System

    U.S. Administration Adds 1,275 Miles to the National Trail System

    Trump Administration Adds 1,275 Miles to the National Trail System | site |



    30 trails designated, continued expansion of outdoor recreation



    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:

    BOULDER CITY, Nev. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced 30 new national recreation trails in 25 states, adding more than 1,275 miles to the National Trails System. Secretary Bernhardt made the announcement from Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where he designated 76 miles of the Colorado River within Lake Mead National Recreation Area as a national water trail. The newly designated Mohave National Water Trail begins where the Black Canyon National Water Trail ends, providing water recreation opportunities for 106 miles along the Colorado River.


    Today’s announcement is in addition to the 370 miles of national recreation trails...
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  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Rating System - - - CRS - - - Update

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Rating System (CRS) Update | site |


    Voluntary incentive program recognizes and encourages community floodplain management


    (October 5, 2020) - - Today, October 5, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: PHILADELPHIA- Flooding is the most common and costly disaster in the United States. Anywhere it can rain, it can flood. With 98 percent of counties in the entire United States having experienced a flood and just a single inch of water causing up to $25,000 in damage, communities across the country must make tough decisions about protecting lives and property from flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency created the voluntary Community Rating System (CRS) program to recognize local efforts to reduce flood risk, and to reward communities, their residents and businesses by saving them money on flood insurance premiums. As of Oct. 1, 2020, the fo...
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  • Agencies Issue Two Final Rules

    Agencies Issue Two Final Rules

    Agencies Issue Two Final Rules | site |



    (September 29, 2020) - - Today, September 29, 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published the following information:

    Joint Release:

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency



    The federal bank regulatory agencies finalized two rules, which are either identical or substantially similar to interim final rules currently in effect and issued earlier this year. They include:
    • A final rule that temporarily defers appraisal and evaluation requirements for up to 120 days after the closing of certain residential and commercial real estate transactions; and
    • A final rule that neutralizes—due to the lack of credit and market risk—the regulatory capital and liquidity effects for banks that participate in certain Federal Reserve liquidity facilities.
    The...
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces Implementation Delay for Changes to its Payment System Risk Policy regarding Intraday Credit

    Federal Reserve Board announces Implementation Delay for Changes to its Payment System Risk Policy regarding Intraday Credit | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced a six-month delay in the planned implementation of policy changes to procedures governing the provision of intraday credit to U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banking organizations (FBOs). On April 1, 2019, the Board approved amendments to Part II of the PSR policy, which establishes the maximum levels of daylight overdrafts that depository institutions may incur in their Federal Reserve accounts. The changes were initially scheduled to become effective on April 1, 2020. In light of the challenges posed by the coronavirus, the Board is delaying implementation until October 1, 2020. This additional time will allow FBOs and the Federal Reserve Banks to focus ...
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  • Federal Reserve System Publishes Annual Financial Statements

    Federal Reserve System Publishes Annual Financial Statements

    Federal Reserve System Publishes Annual Financial Statements | site |




    (March 23, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve System on Monday released the 2019 combined annual audited financial statements for the Federal Reserve Banks, as well as statements for the 12 individual Federal Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors. An independent public accounting firm engaged by the Board has issued unqualified opinions on the financial statements and on the Board's and each Bank's internal controls over financial reporting. The audited financial statements provide information about the assets, liabilities, and earnings of the Reserve Banks and the Board as of December 31, 2019. The Federal Reserve Banks' 2019 earnings were approximately $55.5 billion, representing a decrease of $7.6 billion from 2018. The Reserve Banks provided for remittances to the U.S. Treasury of $5...
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  • Federal Reserve System publishes Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meetings from November 4 and December 11, 2019

    Federal Reserve System publishes Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meetings from November 4 and December 11, 2019| site |


    (January 9, 2020) - - Today (January 9, 2020), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday released the minutes of its interest rate meetings from November 4 and December 11, 2019.

    The minutes are attached.

    Attachment
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    United States to Host World Data System’s International Program Office
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    United States to Host World Data System’s International Program Office | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note: January 14, 2021)

    The Department of State is proud to see that the World Data System (WDS), a non-governmental body for norms and standards for scientific data, has selected the Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee (ORI at UT) to host its International Program Office for a five-year term starting in 2021. The Office will promote U.S. leadership in values-based international norms and standards for data and scientific research over the next five years. With the strong support of the Department of State, this selection is a testament to American scientific leadership and innovation, reflecting U.S. universities’ and laboratories’ long-standing tradition of excellence, freedom, openness, and transparency in science and technology. The Department ...
    01-15-2021, 08:21 PM
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    Statement From Acting Secretary Wolf on The Completion of 450 Miles of Border New Wall System
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    Statement From Acting Secretary Wolf on The Completion of 450 Miles of Border New Wall System | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release: January 5, 2021)


    Statement From Acting Secretary Wolf on The Completion of 450 Miles of Border New Wall System “President Trump took office with the promise to build the wall and secure our southern border - a promise he has kept. From the start, the President listened to operators on the ground and has pushed for funding for physical infrastructure, access roads, lights, cameras and sensors - a full package to secure our border. Today, we are celebrating the 450th mile of new border wall system built under this Administration. When our critics said it couldn’t be done - we prevailed. When our critics threw up every roadblock - we prevailed. The men and women of DHS, CBP, and USACE deserve the thanks and gratitude of a grateful nation. Their
    ...
    01-08-2021, 03:56 AM
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    Christopher J. Waller Sworn In as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
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    Christopher J. Waller Sworn In as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System | site |


    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: December 18, 2020)

    Christopher J. Waller took the oath of office on Friday as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The oath was administered remotely via videoconference by Chair Jerome H. Powell. Dr. Waller took the oath at his residence in St. Louis in the company of family and friends.





    Chair Powell swears in Christopher J. Waller virtually on December 18, 2020 as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. (Photo courtesy Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)

    On January 16, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Dr....
    12-21-2020, 11:09 PM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Authorizes First Direct-to-Consumer COVID-19 Test System
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First Direct-to-Consumer COVID-19 Test System | site |


    Test system is authorized for at-home sample collection with laboratory test processing


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 9, 2020) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized LabCorp’s Pixel COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit for use by any individual 18 years and older without a prescription. This product, which is authorized as the first COVID-19 direct-to-consumer (non-prescription) test system, allows an individual to self-collect a nasal swab sample at home and then send that sample for testing to LabCorp. Positive or invalid test results are then delivered to the user by phone call from a health care provider. Negative test results are delivered via email or online portal. This home sample collection kit can be purchased online or in ...
    12-10-2020, 07:25 AM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles | site |



    Publishes an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on ADS safety framework


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release: November 19, 2020)

    November 19, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on the potential development of a framework of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems (ADS) in the future. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) was submitted to the Federal Register on November 19 and is available online here. “This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,”
    ...
    11-23-2020, 11:57 PM

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